Liverpool are insisting that Philippe Coutinho is not for sale amid interested from Barcelona.
There have been reports linking Coutinho with Barcelona for a while and the club has already had a £72 million offer for the player rejected by Liverpool.
At that time it was reported that Liverpool told Barcelona that they would not be selling the midfielder for any prize and just last week Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said that Barcelona should “save their energy” rather than pursue Coutinho.
However, earlier this week it was reported that Coutinho would be interested in joining Barcelona, but only if it can be done amicably. Barcelona undoubtable have the funds following Neymar’s record €222 million move to PSG.
Despite this, Liverpool are still insisting that the player is not for sale and are determined to keep him there for the next season.
On the other hand, former Liverpool captain and manager Graeme Souness, said that the club could struggle to keep Coutinho as it is hard for players to refuse an offer from Barcelona.
Speaking to Sky Sports Souness said, “I don’t think you can [keep him]. The chance to play for a team that would suit his style of play, I don’t think he can say no to it, as hard as that is for Liverpool to accept. Ultimately if he wants to go he will go, as much as the club won’t want him to. He’s on a contract but if the big players want to go these days then they get their own way.”
However, Jamie Carragher, another former Liverpool captain, think that the club may be able to keep Coutinho for a while but will likely face a battle with Barcelona later down the line.
“I don’t think he will go. But he will want to go and wear that shirt,” he told Sky Sports. “Who wouldn’t want to go? It’s Barcelona.”